Researching a Project in Finance/Law/Management/Education

What you will study

    1. Nature and process of social/business research
    2. Research ethics
    3. Research design and strategies
    4. Planning a small-scale research project and formulating research questions
    5. Reviewing the literature
    6. Collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data
    7. Writing research articles and a final report
    8. Presenting research results in MS PowerPoint

Key features of the course

    • Flexibility to suit your needs – allowing you to study anytime, anywhere
    • An emphasis on personal and professional development through independent learning
    • Relevance of topics and practical examples to the context of your own professional practice
    • Guided independent study, directed research and reading as well as tutor-marked assignments, including a final report, to reinforce learning
    • Advanced diploma from London School of Finance and Law upon course completion

This non-credit advanced diploma is intended for experienced professionals who want to upgrade their professional skills by developing research skills to investigate a topic of interest in the fields of business management, finance, tax law, business and financial journalism or education.

This course can be taken alongside your professional studies elsewhere or as part of your informal career development programme. It will be of particular value to educators, journalists as well as tax, accounting and finance practitioners who are planning to enrol in a higher-level research degree at a university or are involved in research projects at work.

You will be encouraged to relate the content of the module to your own professional experiences. Therefore, you will need access to formal or informal workplace settings relevant to your chosen research topic to collect primary data. Alternatively, you may opt out for desk research based on a review of models and theories and the analysis of secondary data derived from official sources or existing research findings. 

When enrolled in this course, you will work alongside our research team at the LSFL Centre for Research in International Finance and Tax Law. Your research articles will be published in our School’s finance magazines and research journal, providing you with a proven record of publications. 

You may be eligible for research funding. Find more information about research at LSFL here.

Learning outcomes

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Key skills
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Transferable skills

Career relevance

    • Business administration
    • General management
    • Management consultancy
    • Accounting professions
    • Financial management
    • Tax advisory
    • Investment analysis and management
    • Sales and marketing
    • Risk management
    • Business and financial journalism
    • Professional training
    • Further education
    • Educational management
    • English for Specific Purpose (ESP) teaching
    • Coaching, mentoring and counselling in finance, tax advisory and business management
    • Government offices and NGOs

Study method

Online learning with tutor guidance and support

How long it takes 

12 months (384 hours)

You need to be able to spend approximately 8 hours per week on studying this module.

Teaching and assessment

A tutor will guide you throughout the study process and mark and comment on your written work. You and your tutor will primarily communicate with each other through email.

The course work includes tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment. The end–of-course assessment is a 50-60 page report describing the results of your conducted study.

You must use the online VLE-system to submit your tutor-marked assignments and end-of-module assessment.

The Pass mark for the module is 50%. Upon successful completion, students are awarded an advanced diploma from London School of Finance and Law.

Study materials

All study materials are provided on the module website.

Microsoft Office presentations and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of study material are available.

A computer with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Functionality may be limited on mobile or tablet devices.

If you have a disability or particular study requirements, please tell us as soon as possible.

Fees and funding

Course fees for 2022/2023 academic year: £2,040

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment.

LSFL course fees depend on the level and duration of courses: check all tuition fee rates for the current academic year here.

You may be eligible for tuition funding.


Next term start date: 20 September 2022

The module website will be available to registered students three days in advance of module start. Module sessions will be opened on a weekly basis to enable tutor-led, gradual progression through the study materials and continuous assessment.

Course registration is open, but please be aware that due to the increased demand it may take us longer to respond than usual.

Registration closes 10 September 2022 (places subject to availability)

Registration for current students:


Registration for new students:

You have to register as an LSFL student to study this course.


Future availability

Researching a Project in Finance/Law/Management/Education starts three times a year – in January, May and September.

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A full range of our English language courses can be viewed here.

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